Ministry of Defence admits to communication failures at Bassingbourn Barracks

PUBLISHED: 17:42 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 13 January 2015

Two men who were training at Bassingbourn Barracks have pleaded not guilty to raping a man in Cambridge.

Two men who were training at Bassingbourn Barracks have pleaded not guilty to raping a man in Cambridge.

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The Ministry of Defence has admitted it failed to communicate sufficiently with the community after disciplinary issues saw Libyan troops training at Bassingbourn Barracks sent home early.

Libyan soldiers arrived at the Old North Road barracks in June for a 24-week course of basic infantry and junior command skills which was due to finish in late November.

But after a string of alleged sex crimes and security breaches, they were hurriedly sent home.

The MOD were tasked by the Prime Minister to produce a report to the House of Commons which was presented last week.

A spokesman for the MOD said: “As we have previously made clear, we condemn the incidents that took place in Cambridge and Bassingbourn.

“We accept that communication with the local authorities and community was not good enough and we are now carefully considering how best to implement the report’s recommendations.

“This training will not be repeated at Bassingbourn.”

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